Hop on the Baltimore bandwagon

Hello, Triangle sports fans. Michael Graff here with a suggestion for your summer:

  • Join me in rooting for the Baltimore Orioles. And watch with joy the talents of Cedric Mullins, a Greensboro-born player who went to Louisburg College and Campbell University.

Why it matters: As a lifelong Orioles fan who moved to North Carolina from Maryland at 17, I’m qualified to tell you that we have lots of room on the Baltimore bandwagon.

  • One of baseball’s worst teams over the past 20 years, they have MLB’s second-best record in 2023.

The intrigue: They’re young, fast, fearless and fun. They celebrate hits by acting like lawn sprinklers, home runs by slugging water through a funnel, and created a “bird bath” where fans get sprayed.

On the field, Mullins is a blast to watch: He’s ranks in the top 10 in MLB in stolen bases, triples and RBIs.

  • On May 12, he hit for the cycle (click for bird bath fun). A week later he had five hits in a game against lesser birds (Blue Jays).
  • Not bad for a 5-foot-9 guy who was at the tiny two-year Louisburg in 2014, then batted .340 as a Campbell Camel in 2015, then was drafted in the 13th round, and worked his way up from there.
Speedy outfielder Cedric Mullins hit for the cycle on Friday night for the Baltimore Orioles as they beat the PIttsburgh Pirates, 6-3. Mullins became the seventh Oriole in franchise history to hit for the cycle.

Baltimore Orioles outfielder and former All-Star Cedric Mullins became the seventh player in franchise history to hit for the cycle, doing so on Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Orioles won, 6-3, to move to 25-13 on the season while the loss dropped the Pirates to 21-18.

Mullins singled in the third inning, tripled in the fifth, doubled in the seventh and homered in the eighth. The home run was important because it turned a 3-2 game into a 6-2 game, providing some extra insurance.










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